pedalheads levels

At Pedalheads®, our goal is to provide a class that is engaging, exciting and challenging for your child. Below is a description of the levels we offer, and the pre-requisites for those levels. You will need to select a level during registration, so if you are unsure, please give us a call to talk it over with one of us. Regardless of a child’s skill level, we have all classes stay on site for at least the first day to review safety and the rules of camp. Depending on the level, kids may also have the opportunity to prepare for, and participate in the exciting Junior Pedalheads® Challenge or the Pedalheads® Challenge!

Although we offer a very active program, we know how important it is for young children to take breaks from physical activity and have a chance to re-energize too. Kids will spend time off their bikes during each session to learn about bike safety, rules of the road, and bike maintenance to give them time to rest and re-hydrate.

Riding Rookies

Riding Rookies - Age 2 (only offered in select locations)

Before class kids must already:

  • Come with a caregiver to participate in the class with
  • Be age 2-3

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Basic riding skills including starting, stopping and gliding
Trikes 'N' Trainers

Trikes 'N' Trainers - Age 3-4

Before class kids must already:

  • Have a bike with pedals and training wheels, or a tricycle
  • Be age 3-4

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Pedaling, stopping, and steering
  • Bike safety and parts of the bike
Balance Bikers

Balance Bikers - Age 3-4

Before class kids must already:

  • Have a balance bike, which is essentially a two-wheel bike without pedals
  • Be age 3-4

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Gliding, stopping, and steering
  • Bike safety and parts of the bike
Level 1 - Newbees

Level 1 - Newbees (Most Popular Level)

Before class kids must already:

  • Have a bike with pedals and training wheels
  • Be age 4 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Pedaling, stopping, and steering with training wheels
  • If ready, pedaling, stopping, and steering without training wheels
  • Bike safety and parts of the bike
  • Helmet safety
Level 2: Advanced Newbees

Level 2: Advanced Newbees

Before class kids must already:

  • Balance and pedal a two wheeler without assistance (either by a person or training wheels)
  • Pedal for a minimum of 5m/17ft on their two wheeler without help
  • Be age 4 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Improve pedaling, stopping, and steering
  • Improve maneuvering and controlled riding
  • Introduction to shoulder checks and more complex skills
  • Bike safety and parts of the bike
  • Helmet safety
level 3: pedalheads

level 3: pedalheads

Before class kids must already:

  • Pedal for a minimum of 15m/50ft in a straight line on their two wheeler without assistance
  • Be able to complete a simple slalom course
  • Start, stop, and ride independently
  • Be age 4 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Improve bike control and riding in a group
  • Shoulder checking while riding
  • Hand signals while riding
  • Riding beside a curb & navigating mock intersections
level 4: advanced pedalheads

level 4: advanced pedalheads

Before class kids must already:

  • Shoulder check while riding in a straight line
  • Hold a hand signal for 3 seconds while maintaining their straight line riding
  • Ride in a straight line for a minimum of 20m/75ft without assistance
  • Be age 6 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Road riding skills on and off site
  • Improve group and single file riding
  • Improve road safety and identifying hazards
  • Bike maintenance
level 5: gearheads

level 5: gearheads

Before class kids must already:

  • Have successfully completed Level 4 Advanced Pedalheads, or effectively demonstrated the skills
  • Hold a hand signal for 5 seconds and shoulder check while maintaining a straight line
  • Have a gear bike with at least three gears
  • Be age 6 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Increase stamina through longer rides
  • How, when and why to switch gears
  • Hovering position and braking on steep hills
level 6: treadheads

level 6: treadheads

Before class kids must already:

  • Have successfully completed Level 5 Gearheads, or effectively demonstrated the skills
  • Hold a hand signal for 5 seconds and shoulder check while maintaining a straight line
  • Have a gear bike with at least three gears
  • Be age 6 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Increase strength and stamina with more challenging hills and longer distances
  • Emergency stops and front wheel lifts
  • Understanding cadence
level 7: shockheads

level 7: shockheads

Before class kids must already:

  • Have successfully completed Level 6 Treadheads, or effectively demonstrated the skills
  • Have experience and are competent with road riding in light traffic and smoothly changing gears
  • Been introduced to mountain biking basic skills such as the hover position and trail riding up and down hills
  • Have a gear bike with at least five gears
  • Be age 8 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Emergency maneuvers
  • Intro to rear wheel lifts
  • Riding in light traffic and navigating intersections with traffic lights
  • Controlled riding up and down steep hills
level 8: crankheads

level 8: crankheads

Before class kids must already:

  • Have successfully completed Level 7 Shockheads, or effectively demonstrated the skills
  • Have experience with riding in light traffic, trails and long rides (1.5HRS or more)
  • Have a gear bike with at least five gears
  • Be age 8 or older

Some skills developed in this level:

  • Introduction to bunny hops, track stands, and stoppies
  • Introduction to front wheel pivot and West Coast dismount
  • Riding for minimum 2 hours in some traffic
private level

private lessons

Private lessons are 1:1 with an experienced instructor. They are great for kids that need a little extra attention.

* To register for this level kids must be age 3 or older.